RIGID PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD WITH INTEGRATED FLEXIBLE BEND AREAS
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-13
The electronics industry is constantly striving to stuff more product functions into increasingly smaller packages. One approach to this challenge is "rigid-flex" printed circuit board (pcb) technology. The term rigid-flex sounds like an oxymoron, but it is one used to describe printed circuit boards that have both rigid andflexible sections. This allows a pcb to "fold" on itself, bending at flexible sections while effectively supporting components on its rigid sections. A folding circuit is able to tit into a small- er housing than an all-rigid circuit, Viewed another way, a folding circuit with many functions will tit into the same size housing as a smaller all-rigid cir- cuit with fewer functions.